BENIN CITY- The Denmark Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Torben Gettermann recently led officials of government to Agbado market in Benin City for an awareness building on irregular migration and human trafficking aimed at reducing the incidence of human trafficking in Edo Central senatorial district.
The officials included the Denmark Minister for Development and Cooperation, Ulla Tornaes and the Minister for Immigration and Integration, Inger Stooberg.
They were in the state under the auspices of the Girls Power Initiative (GPI), an NGO committed to the empowerment of the Girl child in partnership with the National Agency for the Prolubition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Idia Renaissance and other NGOs.
The visit was part of the GPI executed European Union (EU) funded school based programme which focuses on public schools in the senatorial district.
The two years ongoing programme tagged, “protection of Migrants and Asylum Seekers, Especially children and Women coming from Nigeria and victims of trafficking (PACKING) is featuring market campaigns and town hall meetings GPI Coordinator, Grace Osakue said the coming of the Denmark officials was significant because the country is part of EU, the financier of the programme, saying it also afforded the official from the Embassy in Abuja to have a first hand information on the project they are funding, beside their interest in working with the state government.
She said the choice of Agbado market in Benin City was informed by the challenge posed by bad road in having to travel from Benin City to Edo Central senatorial district.
According to her, beside the awareness raising, the visit to Agbado manket also afforded GPI officials an opportunity to gather information from male and female traders in the market on why illegal migration and human trafficking still persist, despite awareness raising on the issues.
She expressed joy that the information gathered from respondents and others interacted with by GPI officials and the Denmark delegation would form basis for action plans in Edo Central Senatorial district in the 2018 awareness creation programme.
NAPTIP, Benin Zonal Commader, Nduka Nwawwenne in his remarks urged every stakeholder to contribute his/her quota to making Nigeria a better country, rather than migrating out of Nigeria.
According to him, many Nigerian travelers have died in the course of their migration to abroad, unknown to their relation back home who wait endlessly to hear from them.